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TRUTH ABOUT: Kyle Watson

TRUTH ABOUT: Kyle Watson

Posted September 19, 2018
1. South African electronic music - what does it mean to you?
We're in an exciting time right now, because the interests of the audience are slowly opening up to new things. Local acts are finally getting proper international recognition, and all of that is feeding back into the local scene. I'm interested to see what happens over the next 2 years!

2. Earliest musical memory?

Going to piano lessons near my old house when I was a young kid, I must have been maybe 8 or 9. I had a book called 'Jazz, Rags & Blues' and I learned to play every song in that thing!

3. When were you first exposed to the inner workings of making music?
When my father got me a copy of a program called eJay - it had all the elements already made, you just had to put them together and structure them into a song. That was my first exploration into music production, it just snowballed from there.

4. Tell us about the writing process behind 'Into The Morning' - there are multiple sounds & genres. Is this something you wanted to push to show your production versatility?
Yes absolutely, I specifically made Into The Morning to challenge myself and to prove (to the world and to myself) that I could make more than house music. I finally gave myself a reason to actually invest proper time into the process of making music without a specific genre in mind, so I'm really proud that I was able to put this diverse collection of music together into one package.

5. Where are you jet-setting off to next? And for which shows abroad?
Well my album launch at Truth on the 29th September will close off the local leg of my Into The Morning tour, and straight after that I fly to the US to tour the album there there. Actually one of the shows is the Dirtybird Campout, which has been a massive goal for me since the festival launched. I also just dropped news of an Australasia tour happening in December too!

6. The international music scene is pretty cut-throat. Do you consider 'competition' important in order to grow? Or do you purely focus on yourself?
I wouldn't call it competition really, more like an inspiration to be better. I think it gets to a point where it can't just be about yourself. Of course you have to stay true to yourself and create what you believe in, but I really do think that without some pressure from the international scene you just remain stale as an artist and you stop pushing forward. I've become much much more critical of my music over the past 2 years, and that's all down to my drive to make music that can sit alongside the best in the world. All the incredible things that have happened to me over the last 2 years I believe are down to that pressure I put on myself.

7. Which country do you dream of visiting purely thanks to your music?
That's a tricky one! I've not toured Europe yet, so anywhere there would be pretty amazing. My music is taking me to Fiji in December so it's kinda hard to beat that!

8. Give us a little bit of insight as to what we can expect on the 29th?
Something a little different to a normal night there. The coolest aspect I think is that I've got some of the artists from the album performing, so Kylah Jasmine, Apple Gule & Elisha James will be there. There will be bigger sound and better lighting, plus I'm playing an extended set! Come with an open mind :)

9. Yes, it's time for the mandatory: "What are your plans and goals for 2019?" question. Give us a headline.
'Kyle Watson's new single takes the Beatport #1 spot!' No but really, I'd like to bring out some really strong EP's next year and follow that up with some strong global festival performances.
Join Kyle on the 29th of September for his album touch finale for South Africa at Truth.
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